In our house fall wouldn’t be fall if we didn’t have these bars. Since almost all the trees are in full foliage, it was definitely time to bake up a batch. This is a family favorite that has been passed down from generation to generation. Something so pure and perfect that is simply unforgettable and loved by all. Tweaking recipes and changing them up a bit is something that comes naturally to me. I am definitely not one that enjoys the same thing over and over. Hello food blog! I like to keep myself engaged and try new things whenever possible. But I realize that some things are meant to be preserved and cherished. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are certainly one of them. I follow the recipe to a T and can’t think of a time that these didn’t come out just right. Another reason why this is a family fave, I suspect.
My husband was out of his mind excited when he smelled the pan baking in the oven. As soon as they were done, he could hardly wait for them to cool and for the frosting to be applied to finish these traditional bars. Can you even imagine what he thought when I told him that I first have to take pictures of them before I could allow him to dive in? I have never seen a more disappointed face, but there was no way I would show you pictures of an empty plate speckled with crumbs. I like you too much for that.
I too had a hard time to containing myself. It was practically torture to take up-close pictures of something that smells soo delicious. Cinnamon and the sweet hint of vanilla cream cheese frosting almost had me throw in the towel halfway through. Thoughts of you definitely helped me to prevail. I sure picked a hard hobby, ha!
Oh pumpkin bars, I can’t wait for the day we have leftovers. Good thing these bars can be prepared in no time. The longest part of making pumpkin bars is to wait for these goodies to cool and then wait for them again once the frosting has been applied. You would want to let it firm up for a couple of minutes in the fridge before cutting into them. Waiting is totally worth it.
Yep, it definitely is.
My sweet husband may or may not have had five of these in one day. Don’t think anyone could blame him. Since today’s recipe had me thinking about how blessed I am to have an incredible family, I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes regarding family: “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa
Have an amazing weekend, everyone!
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups pumpkin
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 1. In a stand mixer, beat 4 eggs. Add oil, sugar, and pumpkin and mix together.
- 2. Next, mix in baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour. Make sure all ingredients are well combined and no lumps remain.
- 3. Pour into ungreased 11" x 17" jelly roll pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let the bars cool completely.
- 4. Meanwhile, blend together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread frosting evenly over the bars and put into fridge for 30 minutes.